Movies at The Roosevelt

Great films require great characters, compelling stories, a fantastic score, and an impactful setting. These aspects all come together to transport the viewer into the world of the film and give them the sense that they have become a part of the story. While inferior quality in any of these areas can result in the viewer losing the suspension of disbelief, the setting of the film is perhaps one of the most important factors to keeping a viewer engaged. A proper setting creates the world of the film and holds together the story as it unfolds in its fictional landscape.

When looking for great settings in New York city, a few popular tourist attractions come to mind, but perhaps one of the most compelling is The Roosevelt Hotel. With a rich history and architecture, The Roosevelt has appeared in countless New York films and even starred prominently in some like Maid in Manhattan as the hotel in which Jennifer Lopez’s character is employed. During the 1987 film Wall Street , The Roosevelt’s Grand Ballroom becomes the stage for Gordon Gekko’s powerful “Greed is Good” speech, which helped earn Michael Douglas an academy award for his amazing performance.

Even in modern film, The Roosevelt continues to be a commanding presence on the screen, making cameos in films like Men in Black 3 and The Dictator, where the hotel’s lobby was featured as the hotel Sacha Baron Cohen’s character stayed at during his visit to New York City. In the recent film Man on a Ledge, The Roosevelt’s ledges were the location where Sam Worthington stood 200 feet above the ground below in order to help further the movie’s plot.

No matter the era, a setting as powerful as The Roosevelt continues to draw attention and respect from filmmakers and viewers alike as it graces the silver screen time and time again. From classic movies like The French Connection, The Boiler Room, Quiz Show, Presumed Innocent, Monday Night Mayhem, Hanky Panky, The Hoax, and 1408 to modern favorites like Malcolm X, The Roosevelt will continue to be a driving force in the setting of cinema.

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Soup’s On

During the colder months, one of the most popular meals for staying warm is a nice bowl of soup, but with a nearly endless variety of styles and tastes available, it can be hard to find the perfect bowl, especially in the depths of New York City. If you’re looking for the perfect meal to warm you up this winter, check out some of these delicious dishes and slurp up some of the best soup the city has to offer.

Soup Spot

Just as its name suggests, Soup Spot is the perfect place to be if you’re in the mood for a bowl of warm broth. With over 17 different varieties made daily from scratch, this selection of both creative and traditional soups will satisfy even the most discriminate of tastes.

Original Soup Man

True to his name, the Soup Man provides a selection of authentic and inventive soups accompanied by the perfect sides and a hunk of bread in order to not only warm up diners, but also fill them up as well.

La Bonne Soup

While its four soups offer less selection than some of its counterparts, the old saying does go “quality over quantity”, and this midtown bistro excels on the taste front. Their most popular is their French Onions, but the lamb and barley and creamy tomato are also standout successes.

Cozy Soup ‘n Burger

While this 24-hour diner’s soup selection is also on the small side, the soups that they do provide are some of the best in the city. Known for their pea soup, Cozy invites guests to warm up from the inside out as they dine on delicious food in a comfortable setting.

Cabbage Hot Pot at Dirt Candy

If you’re in the mood for a vegetable rich dish, this traditional Chinese inspired dish will warm your soul. Ramen style cabbage and kale dough noodles surrounded by a hearty array of vegetable accoutrements soak in a smoked-cabbage broth to deliver a taste unique to the entirety of the city.

Celery Root Soup at Le Fond

This dairy heavy dish combines the taste of celery root and yellow potatoes with the smooth texture of milk and potatoes to create a velvety broth that is only enhanced by the addition of tangy Greek yogurt, rye croutons, blanched carrots, and deep fried sage.

Italian Ramen at All’onda

Ramen has always been more about the art of innovation than a traditional taste, and this Italian spin on this classic dish shows just how many ways it can be enjoyed. With a mixture of porchetta and shio kombu with house-made noodles in a parmesan dashi broth, this delicious take on a Japanese classic will satisfy multiple cravings in a single meal.

Chapulin Bisque at Black Ant

For the more adventurous, Black Ant offers a spin on the traditional Mexican chapulinsalsa with a bisque that will leave guests hopping for more. Complete with salt dried grasshoppers from Mexico, this hearty soup fortified with sautéed potatoes and apples creates a flavor unique to only one restaurant in all of New York.


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Zlatne Uste Festival

The Balkan Peninsula is an area known for its rich traditions and history, and from these roots many diverse cultures have sprung up. To celebrate these cultures, and what they have in common, the Zlatne Uste Golden Festival brings together the best of the Balkans and shares it with all of New York.

Now in its 30th year, the Golden Festival is a celebration of Balkan culture featuring music, live acts, food, drinks, and a market; all chock full of tradition and the heritage of the region. The two day festival takes part in The Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn and features over 50 live acts and bands over its duration, including the titular Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band who produces the festival every year. This internationally know band whose name means “Golden Lips” are composed of American-born musicians playing traditional music of the Balkans, primarily representing Serbian, Macedonian, Bulgarian and Romany (Gypsy) traditions.

The festival also features traditional Balkan cuisine provided by local caterers who represent the best of over a dozen ethnic communities in New Jersey and New York City. Traditional Balkan and Greek wines, spirits, and sodas are available to liven up the night as well as many local craft beers and regular domestic drinks. Full stomachs and memories of the festival aren’t the only thing visitors are encouraged to take away. The charshiya market-place offers a unique selection of artwork and crafts as well as music, clothing, and jewelry to keep the spirit of the Balkans alive in your own heart. Artisans are more than willing to share stories of their crafts and are always happy to assist customers with finding what they want.

Balkan tradition dictates that every guest be welcomed, and at the Golden Festival, there are no strangers. Visit for an hour or stay the entirety of both days, but know that your time will be spent in the company of good friends and new neighbors.

The festival dates are January 15 – 16, 2016.

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